Meet the lovely and vivacious Reita.
She is an avid Gamecocks fan from Denver, Colorado, who manages technicians for Stanley Access Technologies.
While Reita has many interests outside her career, she loves sports. So, one evening, she decided to join some friends at a Colorado Avalanche hockey game.
In the same row, one section over, sat Patrick. Patrick is the Director of Trading Operations for a hedge fund based in Denver. (And as Reita said, is also extremely good-looking.) Patrick happened to be sitting with a mutual friend. By the end of the first period, the friend introduced Reita to Patrick.
Three months later, Reita and Patrick went on their first date at a wine bar. They chatted, laughed and learned about each other.
As Patrick gazed at Reita over the rim of his wineglass, he knew he had found something special. So special, in fact, that in the months to come, Patrick began mapping out proposal scenarios.
In addition to being a whiz with numbers, Patrick is a creative man with vivid imagination.
“Patrick originally had planned to propose underwater in St. Thomas on an underwater diving helmet tour,” Reita said, laughing. “When he realized that the helmets would probably fall off and we would then drown, he decided to try something else.
“A month later, he planned to propose on an Aspen ski slope, but an icy snow day thwarted his plans, so he took a knee in our room at the Ritz.”
The wedding planning began! They chose historic Charleston, S.C., as the place to exchange their vows.
“We had a small wedding by Southern standards, so it was very intimate,” Reita said. “Historical Charleston was an underlying theme, as the ceremony was at the Palmer House. We gave our guests one-hour carriage tours that also took them to the Gibbes Museum (our reception location) where they could view all of historical artwork that they learned about on the tour. Patrick also made a treasure map that took wedding guest children all around town to historical sites to find clues.”
What was the best thing about their wedding day? Reita has a ready answer.
“Aside from exchanging “I do’s,” having an A-team list of vendors who took ownership of every detail allowing us to be stress free and focus on each other,” she said.
Their honeymoon will be an adventurer’s paradise. The couple is heading for Africa. Reita and Patrick will go for game drives in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Mala Mala Game Reserve. The couple also plans to visit the majestic Victoria Falls.
Cake: Ashley Bakery – Charleston, SC
Flowers: Tiger Lily – Charleston, SC
Gown: Blue Bridal – Denver Designer: Tara Keely by Lazaro
Shoes Designer: Vera Wang Lavender
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos: Groom – Custom
Veil: Blue Bridal – Denver Designer: Sara Gabriel
Engagement and wedding rings: John Atencio
Wedding ring: Patrick – Unique Settings of New York
Hair and makeup: Jennifer Fernandez, Charleston Events Hair and Makeup
Invitations/Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Music/Entertainment/Booking Agency: Classical Charleston for the Ceremony and Cocktail Hour, Woody Windham (Columbia, SC) for the Reception
Clergy: Rev. Michael Lowder
Ceremony location: The Palmer House – Charleston, SC
Caterers: Hamby Catering – Charleston, SC
Reception location: The Gibbes Museum of Art – Charleston, SC
Rehearsal dinner: McCrady’s – Charleston, SC
Rental providers: Snyder Rentals – Charleston, SC
Wedding night hotel/inn: The Palmer House – Charleston, SC
Specialty gifts/favors: Credit card-sized bottle openers with our names and wedding date
Transportation provider: Charleston Rickshaw, Charleston, SC;
Palmetto Carriage Tours, Charleston, SC
Wedding consultants/planners: Cacky Williams, Cacky’s Bride Aid, Charleston, SC
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